Time Limit for Beracha Achrona (after-blessing)

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
What is ideal time and latest-time to say an after-beracha?
Sometimes I’m eating and working (or learning, or other activity 🙂), and lose track of time.
Thank you,

Dear Baruch,
Losing track of time…I know the feeling.
Ideally one should say a beracha acharona promptly when s/he finishes eating. However, one also should avoid a gratuitous beracha. So if you are working/learning/reading/watching/exercising and you are consuming a drink or snack, you may/should wait until you are finished before reciting a beracha acharona. This is true even if you refill your drink or snack over the course of time.
The “deadline” is generally regarded as 72 minutes after you finish eating. (The Sages reckoned that a person will still feel some satiation from eating until this amount of time has elapsed.) But since “time flies”, it is certainly better not to push it to the limit.
I hope this is clear enough. Bon appetit.
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
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In line with other American authorities, I am in favour of quinoa. Although I reject completely the voices (mostly from Israel) seeking to abolish the ban on kitniyot entirely, IMO we do not need to include in the prohibition pseudo-grains that were unknown in the Old World until modern times. Best to buy with a Pesach hechsher though, to be free of any possible wheat contamination.
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